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Middle School Foreign Language Curriculum

In Lower School, students study both French and Spanish, selecting either one or the other to study exclusively in 4th and 5th Grade. Though most 6th Grade students choose to continue with the language they selected in 4th Grade, they do have the option to change at the beginning of Middle School. Whether they study French or Spanish, students will continue with this language through graduation.

6th and 7th Grade students also take a semester of Latin each year, resulting in one full academic year of instruction. When students study Latin, they acquire a certain logic and intuitive sense about language. This, in combination with Latin’s linguistic connections to English, French, and Spanish, translates into improved language understanding and mastery.

Foreign language study at Rivermont goes far beyond conjugations, pronunciation, and vocabulary – students are immersed in culture and customs. Events like Rivermont’s annual school-wide International Week create a culture-rich environment and students develop an appreciation of our global community. In addition, 3rd-6th Grade students are invited each year to attend French or Spanish language immersion camps at the Concordia Language Villages, where they are fully engaged with the language in a cultural setting. For more information on Concordia, click here

French A (6th Grade)

Comparable to a first semester high school foreign language course, French A focuses on expanding students' vocabulary and composition skills through various reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities. Students also explore French culture with celebrations of various French and Francophone holidays throughout the year.

French B (7th Grade)

Comparable to a second semester high school foreign language course, French B expands students' vocabulary, composition, and conversational skills through various reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities. Specific units of study include food, clothing, shopping, and travel. Students also explore French culture with celebrations of various French and Francophone holidays throughout the year.

French C (8th Grade)

In French C, students continue their French study with an increased focus on vocabulary acquisition and basic present and past tense structures. Literature is introduced through poetry and short stories. Specific units of study include an exploration of greetings, descriptions, school materials and classes, family conversation, hobbies, invitations, making plans, vacation, and travel. Students also explore French culture with celebrations of various French and Francophone holidays throughout the year.

Spanish A (6th Grade)

Comparable to a first semester high school foreign language course, Spanish A focuses on expanding students' vocabulary and composition skills through various reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities. Students also explore the culture and history of Spanish speaking countries and learn to appreciate the diversity of other cultures around the globe.

Spanish B (7th Grade)

Comparable to a second semester high school foreign language course, Spanish B expands students' vocabulary, composition, and conversational skills through various reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities. Specific units of study include advanced sentence structure and an exploration into the global influence of the Spanish language.

Spanish C (8th Grade)

In Spanish C, students continue their Spanish study with an increased focus on vocabulary acquisition and basic present and past tense structures. Literature is introduced through poetry and short stories. Specific units of study include an exploration of greetings, descriptions, school materials and classes, family conversation, hobbies, invitations, making plans, vacation, and travel. Students also explore a variety of cultures with celebrations of Spanish holidays throughout the year.

Latin (6th & 7th Grade)

All 6th and 7th Grade students take one semester of Latin, combining over the two years into one full academic year of instruction. Taught using the Cambridge Latin I curriculum, the course introduces Latin vocabulary and grammar using a literacy-based approach. Latin’s linguistic connections to English, French, and Spanish help students understand linguistics and why Latin is still relevant today. Students also explore Roman history and culture.